Back to Eden - CODAworx

Back to Eden

Submitted by Dave MacKenzie

Client: The B.O.B.

Location: Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Completion date: 2013

Project Team


Dave MacKenzie



Mike Haynes



Flowing abstract pattern using annual, perennial and food plants as the paint. A total of 2500 plants made up the design on this 1400 square foot installation. The work was featured in ArtPrize 2013 and placed in the top 25 of 1500 entries.


The goals of this project were to introduce an entire community to the concept of planted living artwork, and to challenge the community to see plants in a different environment, in an urban setting, among concrete and steel, and to propose the question: How would our urban spaces look, smell and feel, if infused with plant life?


As the Artist I collaborated with the property owner and colleagues who are adept at general trades (carpentry, plumbing and electrical). I also collaborated with the growers who grew the plant material for this project.

Additional Information

The most amazing thing about this project was to see how emotionally the public responded to it. They commented on how it made them “feel” and their initial reaction was to ask “is this really real?”.